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Best Of Louis Van Gaal’s Press Conference, Plus Schweinsteiger May Miss Euro 2016

The international break is over for Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal, who now faces into a crucial home stretch starting this weekend with Everton.

An FA Cup (which remains United’s only hope of silverware this season) replay against West Ham looms, while the Red Devils lie just a point off fourth place in the Premier League.

Thankfully for the Dutchman, defender Luke Shaw is due back in physio training on Monday, while the midfield trifecta of Ander Herrera, Ashley Young and Adnan Januzaj are coming back. The latter duo played with the reserves last week unscathed.

Meanwhile, captain Wayne Rooney is due a return soon. “He’s doing great”, LVG told the media.

“He trained today at a lower level with the ball and will probably play an Under-21s match before he comes back.”

(Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
(Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The positive updates ended there though, and were tempered by news concerning veteran midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger. The German partially tore ligaments in his knee while on international duty.

“It is a big blow,” van Gaal confirmed.

“He is starting his rehabilitation. It is a tragic injury because the expectation is not so good for him in respect of of the European Championships, but you never know. I hope that he can reach that, but it shall be difficult.”

Buoyed by a massive win over arch-rivals Manchester City (who currently occupy fourth in the table), van Gaal is hoping to end a massively disappointing season with a bang.

“Still, we are capable of being in the top three in the league at this moment and we believe in that, the players believe in that. We can also win the FA Cup, so we have a lot to fight for. I hope that we show it already in the first match because that is the most important match as you have to continue what you have done against City.”

“It was a must-win against our enemy in town, so I think the fans are very happy and I was also very happy.”

during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on March 20, 2016 in Manchester, United Kingdom.
Marcus Rashford lit up the Manchester derby

Sunday’s opponents Everton have endured a similarly poor season by their standards, but LVG is aware that the undoubtedly talented Toffees, led by Romelu Lukaku, can pose problems with a strange record that has seen them lose just once away in the league this season.

“Everton have a good away record, better than their home record – it is very strange. When you also see the history of the last matches against them – not my history, but other recent games – it is not so good. Everton are, as an opponent, very difficult for Manchester United, but I hope my record shall continue.”

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